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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (23 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849908221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849908224
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I take thee Rebekah 18 Feb 2012
This is an excellent book which is written beautifully and sensitively. I have had my heart broken a couple of times, and I really wish I had read this years ago. I have read many popular Christian books about love, marriage, choosing a marriage partner, and dating but this is different in style to those, and much more profound. It is very Biblical but also sensitive to culture, and our different views and experiences on how to go about finding a marriage partner (arranged marriage, love at first sight, love that grows steadily, etc.).

Ravi points out that the Biblical pattern always includes an element of free choice. Love does not flourish under compulsion(indeed compulsion stifles and easily extinguishes love) so that even in arranged marriages or marriages which are perhaps more practical than romantic, each partner should have an element of choice about whether to go down this route or not. This choice and process of choosing is shown clearly and simply by the Isaac and Rebekah story. Ravi also highlights the dangers of relying too much on romantic feelings in our choices; and that, as well as our hearts, our heads must be fully engaged in the process too.

Ultimately, Ravi focuses on our individual faith walk and relationship with God, and our individual commitment to grow in character as Christians. If we are each growing into the men and women God wants us to be, Ravi explains, we will bring these beautiful qualities into our relationships and will help our partners and relationships flourish. This, says Ravi, is the key to strong, lasting relationships which mirror God's purpose and Biblical values; and which should ignite and fuel the romance as much as anything else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 9 May 2013
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I have listened to a talk Ravi made on the subject and it was amazing and so getting the book was a smart follow-up move and I haven't regretted it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars eye opener 27 July 2014
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This book narrates the story of Isaac and Rebekah, and explain it up against the cultural background of those times and compares it to present culture. Biblical lessons are drawn along the way. It's not on book on "how to" or "10 steps." It's a story being told and lessons being drawn by yourself. Yes, you'd draw the lessons yourself as you read through this book.

I'd recommend it to all single people, and married people as well.

I gave it a 4-star because I think the only book which deserves a 5-star is the Bible.
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By MsKike
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Amazing book!!! Very helpful and informative!! Only downside is that it wasn't long enough :) Ravi's adds authencity to the book by adding plus personal experiences and others experiences. His constant referring back to the scripture and the story of Jacob and Rebekah was refreshing. Loved it :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom to help 16 Oct 2004
By Andy Merrick - Published on Amazon.com
I picked up Ravi's book after reading an article where he told the story of his brother getting married through the process of arranged marriage. Ravi approached his brother prior to the marriage and basically asked him, "Brother, what if this girl is ugly?" His brother scolded Ravi and said, "Mark this down. If you will to love someone, you can." That intrigued me because today, we're of the mindset that you can only love someone physically beautiful. While I believe it's good our own dating system affords us the chance to have a beautiful mate, I wanted to know more about Ravi's take on willing to love.

This book is fantastic! Ravi lifts marriage out of our own cultural context and puts it in the place God intended it. While it is true that dating/marriage will have aspects of the culture buried within it, Ravi asks us to accept those only to a point. He points us to the story of Isaac and Rebekah - two "kids" who:

1) aceepted the need for a mate and allowed the parents to be involved,

2) willed to love each other,

3) sacrificed their lives for each other,

4) committed to sexual purity prior to marriage (his discussion in this chapter focuses on the believer's body being the temple of God and is very illuminating),

5) left the home of mom and dad,

6) had the great need for daily, genuine personal prayer and bible study, and

7) remained committed to each other even in the hard times.

As I mentioned before, this book will lift your thought of marriage on to a totally new plane. You'll find yourself questioning what you actually believe marriage is. You'll be left with much thinking to do, but will come to appreciate that marriage is a huge commitment in rejecting your own desires, accepting God's desires, and fulfilling your wife's desires (as she, in turn, fulfills yours). It's a beautiful book, in my opinion. Highly recommended. -andy
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Tribute to Lifelong Love 29 Mar 2004
By FaithfulReader.com - Published on Amazon.com
Best-selling author Ravi Zacharias offers a moving, albeit awkwardly titled, tribute to lifelong love with I, ISAAC, TAKE THEE, REBEKAH.
As its subtitle suggests, the book is about "moving from romance to lasting love," and in light of modern day attacks on the sanctity of marriage, its message is not only timeless but timely.
While it is Zacharias' first treatment of this subject matter, fans of his more philosophical works, including CRIES OF THE HEART, DELIVER US FROM EVIL and JESUS AMONG OTHER GODS, won't be disappointed by his departure from "weightier matters of philosophical debate about truth and belief in God," as he states it.
Centering on the Old Testament story of Isaac and Rebekah, Zacharias identifies them as a covenantal couple committed to loving each other unconditionally. In the process of telling their tale, he espouses a return to the enduring values of family, faithfulness and fidelity in the marriage relationship.
Decrying the prevailing popularity of "sex without strings and marriage without rings," Zacharias shares invaluable insights for nurturing a marriage that stands the test of time. For example, in the chapter titled "The Living Act of a Dead Self," he writes that "if the first thing about committing the will is that it is a death to yourself, what comes to life is a disposition that seeks to serve."
Zacharias lists personal maturity, premarital counseling and preparation for disagreements as the three characteristics of a couple properly prepared for life as man and wife. And with clarity and conviction, he drives home the point that "conflict resolution is the key to success in most marriages," an understatement if ever there was one.
As Zacharias points out, the wedding is the easiest part of being married, and it is not until afterward that couples actually discover whether or not their words carry the weight of authenticity. To help couples striving to make their marriage a success, he proposes some governing disciplines that must translate into the lives of each partner.
According to Zacharias, there must be a daily commitment to prayer, to the study of the scriptures and to active involvement in a local church, if couples are to cultivate the type of character that enables them to successfully navigate the stormy seas of modern day matrimony.
Presenting foundational truths in the face of mounting threats to marriage, the book is a useful guide for establishing love that lasts for a lifetime. It is specially suited for use as a premarital counseling tool and related church resource; it's also recommended reading for any couple seeking to ground their relationship in biblical bedrock.
--- Reviewed by Sean Fowlds
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not an average marriage/dating book 6 Jun 2005
By J. Klandrud - Published on Amazon.com
I bought and read this book last summer, going through some difficult mental and emotional battles involving not dating anyone or being married yet. This book was brilliantly and beautifully crafted and gave me hope and practical principles I could use now to prepare for marriage later.

I picked it up again this summer, not intending to read it again, but somehow finding myself engrossed once again. I think I could read this book once every few months to remember--whether I'm single, dating, or married. I so appreciate Zacharias' delicate yet bold handling of modern issues including homosexuality and divorce. These aren't themes, but they are issues approached in an inoffensive manner.

I have read many other books on dating and marriage and this one by far is the best thus far. I know there is a bookcase of books on this subject out there and can't say this is the best out of all of them, but that is only because I haven't read all of them. I'm sure this one would come out near the top no matter what.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super 22 Mar 2004
By William Cain - Published on Amazon.com
Ravi hits a home run with his latest book. Clear and straight to the point. A great read for any parent who wants to help guide their children in these difficult decisions and a must read for anyone who plans to marry or wants to improve the relationship of his/her marriage.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich insights, but must be gleaned with patience 30 Dec 2005
By Christian Book Previews - Published on Amazon.com
One thing is clear from reading Ravi Zacharias's book, I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: marriage is hard work. Using the biblical story of Isaac and Rebekah, Zacharias attempts to reveal God's will for marriage.

Zacharias's background as a professional speaker is obvious from reading his book. He ties in stories and examples effortlessly with a conversational tone, letting the reader know that it's safe to go on. His views on marriage are at the same time agreeable and challenging to anyone reared on biblical values. It's all been said before in other marriage books, but perhaps not in such a sober way. Zacharias's passion is to show people that marriage is a serious business. He doesn't pull any punches in this regard; everyone takes responsibility, from pastors to parents to society. In particular, Zacharias does not go easy on men, saying: "There is little doubt that men have led the way in the dereliction of duty to the family" (p. 145).

But his confidence as a speaker works against him to a large degree. He makes the assumption that people will want to listen to him. He takes his time how life ought to be--rather than presenting them as they are. Therefore, people who are looking for answers to their problems in a clear, straightforward way may decide to look elsewhere.

This is not a self-help book. Instead it reads more like a 156-page sermon and, like a sermon, tends to go off topic quite easily. The chapter titles are clever and informative, but the material in between doesn't always fit; it's not at all unusual to finish a chapter and wonder what it was about. The problem is that Isaac and Rebekah's story was intended to be a framework for how the book is structured. Unfortunately, it is used as a springboard instead, launching off into lengthy discussions only loosely tied into the subject of marriage.

While there is no doubt that parenting, church life, and personal devotions all relate to marriage, Zacharias could have done a better job of tightly joining them into the main idea. As it is, they fit more like oversized pants, requiring the reader to do the work of holding up the point: marriage God's way.

Another part of the problem is that Zacharias doesn't seem to know to what audience he's writing. Is it to those who are single and thinking of marriage? Or is it to those who are already married? Or is it to parents or pastors? A specific focus would have been beneficial. The fact is, the story of Isaac and Rebekah would make a much better Prayer of Jabez-size book: repackage it as many times as you want for different audiences.

I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah has some rich insights, but they must be gleaned with patience and a meditative approach in order to benefit from them. -- Charlie Gormely, Christian Book Previews.com
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